Rev. Jim Rigby is one of our most prominent advocates for human rights and progressive causes. Jim, who serves as pastor at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Austin, joins us in a discussion of issues involving the role of religion in a secular state, religion and the Texas legislature, and marriage equality and "religious liberty," as well as other questions of social and economic justice, including the detention of immigrant families in Texas facilities.
Jim Rigby, who was outspoken in his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a strong supporter of universal health care, women's reproductive rights, immigration reform and immigrants' rights, and the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. In 2007, he was named "Texas Public Citizen of the Year" by the National Association of Social Workers for his work on gender, economic, and racial issues. He has been honored by the Women's Political Caucus, the Austin Rape Crisis Center, and the Texas Association against Sexual Assault, and has founded or served on the boards of numerous groups, including the Austin Clergy for Choice, Faiths United for Religious and Social Tolerance, the Texas Freedom Network, and the Austin Area Interreligious Ministries.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 56:57.